11th December, 2014
Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, said on Thursday that it will provide additional 20 flights to cater for the huge number of air travellers during the festive period.
“The additional flights will cover the period from December 19 -24, 2014. Instead of the average 120 daily flights normally operated by Arik Air, the airline will during the festive period increase its daily flights to an average of 140,” said Banji Ola, Arik Air spokesman.
He said the key domestic routes that will be affected during the festive season are Enugu, Owerri, Calabar, Lagos, Abuja and Asaba.
“On the mentioned days, Arik Air will increase the frequency on the Lagos-Owerri route from twice to thrice daily while Abuja-Owerri will increase from one to twice daily.
“Similarly, the frequency on the Abuja-Enugu route will increase to twice daily, Abuja-Calabar to twice daily and Lagos-Asaba to twice daily,” Ola said.
Arik Air had last month increased the frequencies on some other key domestic routes like Lagos-Calabar, Lagos-Enugu, Lagos-Benin, Abuja-Benin, Lagos-Kano, Abuja-Kano, Abuja-Asaba and Abuja-Ibadan.
Ola quoted Arik Air Managing Director/Executive Vice President, Mr. Chris Ndulue as saying that the additional flights would allow many Nigerians to have the opportunity of sharing the joy of the season with those closest to them.
“For many of our guests, the Christmas and New Year period is a time when families wish to be reunited at the end of a busy year. Arik Air is, therefore, very pleased to announce that on many of our domestic routes, the airline will be scheduling additional flights and operating larger aircraft to cater for the expected increase in demand,” Ndulue said.